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Dr Lisa Tompson
35 Tavistock Square
Tel: 0203 1083126
Fax: 0203 1083088
  • Associate Professor
  • Dept of Security and Crime Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Lisa graduated from Keele University with a BA(Hons) in Sociology and Criminology before becoming a police Crime Analyst. She then went on to complete an MSc. and Ph.D. in Security and Crime Science, with her research focusing on spatio-temporal patterns in street crime.

Since joining the Department of Security and Crime Science in 2006, Lisa has been involved in a broad portfolio of work relating to problem-solving, geographical crime analysis and evidence-based policing. 

Research Summary

Lisa is known for her research for and with the police (and crime prevention practitioners), and for her expertise in spatio-temporal crime analysis and systematic review methods. Lisa has worked on projects funded by ESRC, EPSRC, the Environment Agency, Government Offices, the Home Office, DEFRA, and Community Safety Partnerships.In recent years her work has helped to shape the professionalization agenda for the UK police, and the infrastructure underpinning this sea-change. For the last five years she has worked on the research programme that underpins the UK’s What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, for which she and the team won a Chief Constable’s commendation in 2015. She has also recently completed a project developing the evidence base to support the introduction of graduate entry in UK Policing.

She has published regularly in high impact journals such as Experimental Criminology, Justice Quarterly and the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.



Teaching Summary

Lisa convenes the Crime Mapping module on the BSc. Security and Crime Science and the Understanding and Preventing Crime module on the UCL Summer School.  She also guest lectures on several other postgraduate modules offered by the Department of Security and Crime Science.  


01-AUG-2018 Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) Security and Crime Science UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2018 FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
2016 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Crime Science University College London
2007 MSc Master of Science – Crime Science University College London
2002 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Sociology and Criminology Keele University
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